1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey Cards

1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey Cards

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1977-78 was the last year of a four-year run where O-Pee-Chee made a separate set of players from the World Hockey Association.

It wasn't the league's final year, though. It lasted until the next year before many of the teams ran out of money and four of the clubs were allowed to join the NHL.

1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey Set Details

Sensing the coming contraction of the league, 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey was cut in half to 66 cards. The subsets were among the things to disappear.

1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey card fronts feature a player photo that is either posed or taken during gameplay. Two different colored stripes under the picture resemble a hockey stick and include the player's name, team and position. A team logo is placed just above that, partially superimposed over the photo.

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Backs are vertically oriented and include information inside a series of rectangles. The one at the top has a biography in English. The next one has vital stats and the statistical lines for the previous season and the player's career. A French translation of the biography follows. Finally, a box in the lower left corner has a card number, with a brown stripe extending along the bottom of the card that contains the player's name.

The leader cards and All-Star subsets of the previous years are gone from 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey. However, the sole checklist card remained. Card #1 was the only other deviation from the base set, commemorating the 1,000th goal of Gordie Howe's career.

For the second year in a row, there are no notable rookies in the set.

Key 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey Cards:

  • Gordie Howe #1
  • Bobby Hull #50
  • Checklist #58
  • Mark Howe #25
  • Frank Mahlovich #61

 

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1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA Hockey Checklist

 

Base Set Checklist

66 cards.

1 Gordie Howe - New England Whalers
2 Jean Bernier - Quebec Nordiques RC
3 Anders Hedberg - Winnipeg Jets
4 Ken Broderick - Quebec Nordiques
5 Joe Noris - Birmingham Bulls
6 Blaine Stoughton - Cincinnati Stingers
7 Claude St. Sauveur - Indianapolis Racers
8 Real Cloutier - Quebec Nordiques
9 Joe Daley - Winnipeg Jets
10 Ron Chipperfield - Edmonton Oilers
11 Wayne Rutledge - Houston Aeros
12 Mark Napier - Birmingham Bulls
13 Rich Leduc - Cincinnati Stingers
14 Don McLeod - Quebec Nordiques
15 Ulf Nilsson - Winnipeg Jets
16 Blair MacDonald - Edmonton Oilers
17 Mike Rogers - New England Whalers
18 Gary Inness - Indianapolis Racers
19 Larry Lund - Houston Aeros
20 Marc Tardif - Quebec Nordiques
21 Lars-Erik Sjoberg - Winnipeg Jets
22 Bryan Campbell - Edmonton Oilers
23 John Garrett - Birmingham Bulls
24 Ron Plumb - Cincinnati Stingers
25 Mark Howe - New England Whalers
26 Garry Lariviere - Quebec Nordiques RC
27 Peter Sullivan - Winnipeg Jets
28 Dave Dryden - Edmonton Oilers
29 Reg Thomas - Indianapolis Racers
30 Andre Lacroix - Houston Aeros
31 Paul Henderson - Birmingham Bulls
32 Paulin Bordeleau - Quebec Nordiques
33 Juha Widing - Edmonton Oilers
34 Mike Antonovich - New England Whalers
35 Robbie Ftorek - Cincinnati Stingers
36 Rosaire Paiement - Indianapolis Racers
37 Terry Ruskowski - Houston Aeros
38 Richard Brodeur - Quebec Nordiques
39 Willy Lindstrom - Winnipeg Jets RC
40 Al Hamilton - Edmonton Oilers
41 John McKenzie - New England Whalers
42 Wayne Wood - Birmingham Bulls
43 Claude Larose - Cincinnati Stingers RC
44 J.C. Tremblay - Quebec Nordiques
45 Gary Bromley - Winnipeg Jets
46 Ken Baird - Edmonton Oilers
47 Bobby Sheehan - Indianapolis Racers
48 Don Larway - Houston Aeros RC
49 Al Smith - New England Whalers
50 Bobby Hull - Winnipeg Jets
51 Peter Marrin - Birmingham Bulls
52 Norm Ferguson - Edmonton Oilers
53 Dennis Sobchuk - Cincinnati Stingers
54 Norm Dube - Quebec Nordiques RC
55 Tom Webster - New England Whalers
56 Jim Park - Indianapolis Racers RC
57 Dan Labraaten - Winnipeg Jets RC
58 Checklist
59 Paul Shmyr - Edmonton Oilers
60 Serge Bernier - Quebec Nordiques
61 Frank Mahovlich - Birmingham Bulls
62 Michel Dion - Cincinnati Stingers
63 Poul Popiel - Houston Aeros
64 Lyle Moffat - Winnipeg Jets
65 Marty Howe - New England Whalers
66 Don Burgess - Indianapolis Racers

 

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  1. Great set for a fading league. Unfortunately OPC cancelled the 1978-79 set which would have contained Wayne Gretzky’s true rookie card. I actually had an order in with a dealer only to have my check sent back after OPC killed the set.

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